We have sought, in this production, to manifest Samp’s cross-border approach in book form. And it is our hope that the book will give rise to “encounters” on any number of levels. A conundrum for the reader? Perhaps, and perhaps not. That remains to be seen. If the reader does not consciously notice all these intentions, we believe that they are important to the project as a whole, for they reflect Samp’s cross-border thinking.
As a member of the Network a museum gets the opportunity and challenge to participate in all the five functions of the Network. They are; General projects, meetings, courses, the Network’s operations and the museum projects.
General projects; such a project is dealing with a need of the total network, which is worked upon and solutions are developed. All members are invited and can apply to participate. An example is that 25 museum employees, of different professions and at different positions in their museums, participated in four workshops from 2005 to 2007. The participants came from Botswana, Burkina Faso, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Swedish Improvisation Theatre and communication consultants from Denmark and South-Africa were facilitators. In this multi-cultural context a number of communication methods were developed, such as Dine and Talk, Walk and Talk and Sound scaping.
Meetings; are organised for the members to develop the network. An example is when 30 participants, staff and community members, from Azerbaijan, Mozambique, Philippines, South-Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania and Zimbabwe during 3 days in June 2010 developed project ideas based on the topic “Embark on connecting cultures in broader perspective – Samp 2010”. This General meeting took place at Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. During the General meeting the Samp’s Communication tools were tested.
Courses; the network is organising courses to facilitate and improve the work as members.
The Network Management Course is compulsory for members and minimum one person at the museum has to have participated before a museum project can be initiated. The subjects in a NMC course are; LFA (Logical Framework Analysis) project management method, report writing,evaluation methods, methods for institutionalisation of projects and programmes, communication methods in theory and practise, team-building methods, semi-virtual working methods and conflict management methods. In September 2010 and 2011 twenty participants met for six working days each time at Iron Museum, South-Korea and at Museo Sang Bata Sa Negros, Philippines. The participants came from nine countries, Azerbaijan, Mozambique, Philippines, South-Africa, South-Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Operations; is the semi- virtual entity responsible for the monitoring of the Strategic plan implementation, archiving and financial management. The members take part in work groups, delegated tasks, internships at the Secretariat, and as coordinators and volunteers. During more than a year the Strategic plan work group developed the Strategic plan 2010-2014 met once in 2008 and worked primarily over email. The workgroup had four members from Dominican Republic, Sweden and Zimbabwe.
Museum project; minimum three museums from different continents identify, develop and implement a project together. Four museums worked together from a project idea and network management courses in 2005 to finished and evaluated project, including reports and a publication ready in 2010. In the project A Road Map to better performance, the project members, employees and community members, met three times in courses, six times for major workshops, and during a large number of meetings and field test observations. The four museums were; State Museum of Azerbaijan Musical Culture, Azerbaijan, Khama III Memorial Museum, Botswana, Museo de Cultura Popular, Costa Rica and Västergötland Regional Museum, Sweden.
The network is developing a policy for membership.
Samp is always open for member applications. The Intercontinental museum network Samp is open to museums all over the globe.
In 2012 there are 9 members in the Network. The members are; State Museum of Azerbaijan Musical Culture, Azerbaijan, Museo Nacional da Historia Natural, Mozambique, Museo Sang Bata sa Negros, Philippines, Iziko museums of Cape Town, South-Africa, Iron Museum, South-Korea, Swaziland National Museum, Swaziland, Murberget Länsmuseet Västernorrland, Sweden, Museum and House of Culture Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania and Mutare Museum, Zimbabwe.
Who is member of Samp?
Samp is open for member applications. All old memberships ended during 2009. The Intercontinental museum network Samp is open to museums all over the globe.
Why being a member?
Each person interested in museums, culture, heritage and the importance of culture for the human survival, be it as a museum visitor, a culture creator, an administrator, a museum professional or a politician, can recognise the necessity, in today’s multi medial and global context, to participate in the intercultural exchange offered by Samp.
It is by exposing once own knowledge, ideas and competences to others from different backgrounds and contexts, that one can see more clear how to improve or pursue what is best for one’s own surrounding society and history. We do not and cannot see future as if it was behind us, but let us use what is behind us in the past and with open eyes and minds create the future.
Who can be a member?
The network consists of Museums. The definition of a museum is very broad, so as to avoid that one cultural context will be predominant. Any museum driven by the wish to listen, to learn, to speak, to talk, to pursue in a new direction in a preset environment can be a Network museum member.
Samp has a history of 20 years of collaboration over vast geographic distances and between museum professionals from varied historical and cultural contexts. All those who participate want to reach and create new knowledge by working together so that the museums can play a more active and important role in each one's society. This intercontinental exposure is vital for the survival of museums as important functions in future societies.
What does membership entails?
Samp, the intercontinental museum network, has been developed through three stages: the first called SAMP friendship project for museums in African countries and in Sweden, the SAMP Swedish – African Museum Programme, and the SAMP museum network including the ALAS project for museums in Asian Latin American African countries.
The purpose of the Samp intercontinental museum network has always been
“ Samp the intercontinental museum network, facilitates the development of museums as fora for dialogue promoting human understanding and human rights together with the community, through responsible use of heritage, history and science.”
There is a set of Vision and Mission statements as well as Core Values guiding the commitments and work of the network. The Network has also its steering documents for the work with developed project management tools and tools for the member's institutionalization at their own museums.
How to become a member
Information material concerning membership was ready in March 2009, in Samp’s three languages, English, French and Spanish. The material can be requested from the Secretariat,
, and information is also available at Samp’s website. Applications will be filed and necessary additional information will be gathered by the Secretariat.
Who have been members of old Samp?
During 2008 there were 56 museums participating in the Samp network, spread all over the world, from Azerbaijan, Barbados, Bolivia, Botswana,
Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, Comoros, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Guatemala, India, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Since the start of Samp in 1989 there have been 85 museums involved from 35 different countries.